The competition for college acceptance has never been tougher, and students and their parents are constantly searching for ways to give themselves an edge in the process. Attending a military boarding school not only sets your college application apart from the rest, but it also provides the foundation for success after college and into the future.
Advantages of Boarding Schools
Boarding school students report feeling academically prepared for college more than students at other types of schools. The rigorous academic curriculum and low student to teacher ratios at boarding schools prepare students for success in the classroom. The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) reports that 87% of boarding school students report being very well prepared for college academically, which is a greater percentage than those who attend private day or public schools.
Further, graduates of boarding schools are ready for college life in a different way from other students. They have already experienced living on their own, gaining experience and making choices about time management and organization, leading to an easier transition to college than students from other types of schools.
In fact, TABS states that 78% of boarding school graduates report being very well prepared for the non-academic facets of college life (independence, time management, etc.) compared to 36% of private day and 23% of public school students.
Boarding schools provide students with a leg up in college preparedness, and military boarding schools take this even further. Military schools differ from other boarding schools in terms of the emphasis placed on self-discipline, self-sufficiency, and values. Success at a military school is based on personal merit and accomplishment, giving a sense of self-confidence that leads to success.
The stereotype of military schools as feeders for enlistment is outdated. The Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States only allows college preparatory schools to be members, and all member schools educate to core values like duty, leadership, and service to others.
Ready for Success
A military boarding school education prepares a student for college and life beyond in a way that other types of schools are unable to match. Graduates are equipped with the skills to be leaders in their community, with strong abilities in self-discipline, organization, teamwork, and citizenship. They are truly equipped with the tools for success.
- The Boarding School Advantage (Infographic)
- The Top 5 Reasons to Attend Military Boarding School
- How Does Boarding School Prepare Students for College?
- The Truth about Boarding School, The Association of Boarding Schools, 2004.
- Eric Shane, PhD; Nancy L. Maldonado, PhD; Candace H. Lacey PhD; and Steve D. Thompson, PhD; “Military Boarding School Perspectives of Parental Choice: A Qualitative Inquiry,” Journal of School Choice 2 (2008): 179-198.